Directions: Lake Davis can be reached by taking West Street north from Portola on
Highway 70 (West Street becomes Lake Davis Road), or by taking Grizzly Road which is three miles northeast
of Portola. Lake Davis is 6 miles north of Portola. Grizzly Road connects with Lake Davis Road at
Lake Davis. Grizzly Road is paved running along the eastern shoreline of Lake Davis. A gravel road follows
the western shoreline from Lake Davis Road to the northern end.
Lake Davis (ele: 5775 ft.) is open all year, providing ice fishing through the winter. The lake covers
4,026 acres with boat ramps at Mallard Cove, Lightning Tree, Honker Cove and Jenkins Cove. It has
numerous coves that can be accessed by float tube or boat and the shoreline provides many wading
opportunities. The lake was developed by damming Big Grizzly Creek. The old creek channel runs along the
eastern shoreline and is an excellent area to fish during the late summer months. Ice-out usually
occurs in April and is followed by blood midge hatches which can be fished with Brassies or Blood Midge
Pupa patterns using an indicator or a slow retrieve. The callibaetis also start to hatch and a
callibaetis nymph pattern can work very well with an indicator. Many flyfishermen fish the shallow coves
located on the western side of the lake. This area holds most of the aquatic insects as well as weed beds.
The area north of Camp 5 to Freeman Creek is good. Also try Jenkins Point and Cow Creek. Blood Midge
hatches are particularly good around the south side of Eagle Point.
Starting in June and July, a good Damsel Hatch comes off in the morning at the north end of the lake.
Use a thin bodied Damsel Nymph (brown or dark olive) pattern on an intermediate line. Later in the day,
switch to a lighter color, such as tan since the damsel nymphs seem to lighten in color as the day progresses.
A floating line
is sufficient in the weedbed areas. Outside the weedbeds, use an indicator with a sinking line and
adjust for depth. Many of the fish cruise so you also have to move around to find the fish. Local
Guide, Don Rotsma, sight casts in front of the
fish, straightens the line, and lets the damsel sit for a few seconds. Then, he retrieves slowly with
pauses. Don gets the hits on the pause. Most of the naturals are over 1 inch in size with light golden
to dark brown and olive colorations. Don likes to use 9 foot 3X Leaders with 3X or 4X Fluorocarbon
tippet with a 4-6 wt rod. In the late afternoon and evening, a blood midge hatch generally develops.
Blood Midges are usually size 12 to 14 but can get up to a size 10 . Chironomid's can be active during
the midday and are found in sizes 16 to 20 in black, tan, green, red, and brown colors. Try a callibaetis
nymph with a blood midge pupa dropper under an indicator.
August and September, are good times to troll a streamer pattern working the deeper channels. The
submerged channel at Big Grizzly Creek is a good choice. Try an Olive Woolly Bugger with a baetis
dropper about 24" apart. In September, Blood Midge and Caddis contine to hatch and many use an Olive
Caddis with a blood midge pupa dropper, like a Red Brassie or a San Juan Worm. In late September and
October, floating snails, leeches, and large cinnamon Woolly Buggers are popular when a larger trout
come into the shallows to feed before ice sets in. This can actually be one of the best periods to fish
Davis Lake is known for producing big Trout due to the nutrient-rich waters. Most of these fish are
Kokanee and Eagle Lake strains of Rainbows along with some Browns. The lake was poisoned in late 1997
to rid the lake of pike. However, after over one year of letting the poison dissipate to allowable
levels for restocking trout, the pike were found to still reside in the lake.